Ambode’s Impeachment:CACOL writes Lagos Speaker

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has counseled the Lagos state house of assembly to resolve whatever grouse they have with Governor Akinwumi Ambode amicably without recourse to impeachment so as not to send a wrong signal that all is not well within the ruling party in the state.

In an open letter addressed to the Speaker of the Lagos house of assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa, a copy of which was made available to Newsnow, CACOL, admonished the Lagos lawmakers to toe the path of reconciliation than starting impeachment process less than two weeks to a general election.

“Our position is that since the House and the Executive arms of Government are dominated by the same party –the All Progressives Congress – an amicable option should be sought to settle the unfolding rift. “We hold this position because we believe that having run a successful partnership so far, both arms of government should avoid any friction that could be misconstrued by the good people of the state who have hailed the style of governance exhibited by the principal characters under this dispensation in Lagos state.
“We believe that embarking on the impeachment of the Governor would send negative signals capable of smearing the good name the Parliament has so far earned for itself.

“The House should exhibit restraint which should be anchored on the saying that discretion is the better part of valour
“We believe that even if Ambode made mistakes so late in the life of this administration, leaders of both the Executive and Legislature should sit down and resolve whatever differences they may have.
“We believe the Governor has so far been an asset to Lagos state and the House should follow a more conciliatory course of action especially considering the fact that the general elections are barely two weeks away.” The letter read.

Below is the letter.


Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa
The Speaker
Lagos State House of Assembly House of Assembly Complex Alausa, Ikeja
Lagos State
Your Honourable,
LAGOS HOUSE SHOULD SOFT-PEDAL ON AMBODE
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has been compelled to respond to news making the rounds concerning the unfolding scenario involving the Lagos State House of Assembly and Governor Akinwumi Ambode.
We observed that the news media was on Tuesday, January 29 awash with reports concerning the House Of Assembly’s purported plan to impeach Ambode. Our intervention as a civil society organization is not to disregard the powers conferred on the lawmakers by the 1999 constitution as amended but to offer some pieces of advice as stakeholders in the affairs of the state.
We have decided to take this course of action because we hold the parliament-which is the number one arm of government- in high esteem.
Based on media reports we are informed that an overwhelming majority of members of the House have decided to impeach the Governor over a constitutional breach to wit: disbursement of state funds without appropriation by the House. We are not adequately informed about the issues involved.
However, our attention was attracted to some statements attributed to the Speaker Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa over the imbroglio. One of such statements indicate that the House had already decided to sack Ambode even before giving him an opportunity to defend himself.
Media report further revealed that a House Committee was set up and it was discovered that the 2019 budget was already being implemented by the Executive without being laid on the floor of the House.
The Speaker was reported to have declared that the Lagos State House of Assembly would not consider a budget which was already being spent.

Nevertheless, we wish to implore the Honourable members to tarry for a while in line with the counsel of the Speaker Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. We praise the Speaker for his decision to give the Governor an opportunity to defend himself before the lawmakers which is in line with the principle of fair hearing.
Although we know that the Governor as the Chief Executive Officer of the State takes the responsibility for whatever is done or left undone by the Executive arm of the State Government, we wish to once again draw the attention of the members to the words of the Speaker who stated based on his knowledge of governance in the state that: “The Attorney General, Commissioners For Finance, Budget and Economic Planning that ought to have advised the Governor did not do so”.
Our position is that since the House and the Executive arms of Government are dominated by the same party –the All Progressives Congress – an amicable option should be sought to settle the unfolding rift. We hold this position because we believe that having run a successful partnership so far, both arms of government should avoid any friction that could be misconstrued by the good people of the state who have hailed the style of governance exhibited by the principal characters under this dispensation in Lagos state.
We believe that embarking on the impeachment of the Governor would send negative signals capable of smearing the good name the Parliament has so far earned for itself. The House should exhibit restraint which should be anchored on the saying that “Discretion is the better part of valour”.
We believe that even if Ambode made mistakes so late in the life of this administration, leaders of both the Executive and Legislature should sit down and resolve whatever differences they may have.
We believe the Governor has so far been an asset to Lagos state and the House should follow a more conciliatory course of action especially considering the fact that the general elections are barely two weeks away.
Kindly accept the assurances of our highest regards. Yours in Service to Humanity,
Debo Adeniran
Executive Chairman, CACOL 08037194969 debo@deboadeniran.com cacolc@yahoo.com www.deboadeniran.com

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